New “Beyond the Page” Podcast with Abraham Verghese

New “Beyond the Page” Podcast with Abraham Verghese


In this episode of “Beyond the Page”, author and physician Abraham Verghese –  who received the 2023 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference WRITER IN THE WORLD prize – brings us intimately and poetically into the heart of his remarkable, inspiring journey from his childhood in Ethiopia to his experiences as a young doctor in America during the AIDS epidemic, to his beginnings as a writer. Verghese would go on to become a professor of medicine at Stanford, as well as the author of the classic memoir “My Own Country” and the beloved, bestselling novels “Cutting for Stone” and “The Covenant of Water”.  Here, he describes the meaning and arc of his personal journey with heartfelt tenderness and appreciation, offering new insights into his vision and practice of his joint vocations, and of the profound link between healing and storytelling.

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Over the past 25 years, the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference has become the gold standard of American literary festivals, bringing together contemporary writing’s brightest stars for their view of the world through a literary lens. Hosted by SVWC Literary Director John Burnham Schwartz, and in partnership with Literary Hub, the Beyond the Page podcast curates and distills the best talks from the past quarter century at the Writers’ Conference—giving you a front row seat on the kind of knowledge, inspiration, laughter, and meaning that Sun Valley is known for.



All episodes can be played from the SVWC website on our Podcasts page or from other public podcast platforms, including Apple, Stitcher, and Spotify.


Photo credit: Barbi Reed

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